SolarEdge to Power Xcel Energy’s New ‘Renewable Battery Connect’ Virtual Power Plant Incentive Program in Colorado
SolarEdge Home Battery owners in Colorado that are eligible to enroll can receive meaningful financial benefits out of active participation in a new incentive program for solar-battery energy while helping to stabilize Colorado’s grid.
SolarEdge’s innovative software will automatically manage battery charge and discharge during events, maximizing benefits for both the utility and program participants.
MILPITAS, Calif. — August 22, 2023 – SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG) today announced the inclusion of the SolarEdge Home Battery in Xcel Energy’s new ‘Renewable Battery Connect” Virtual Power Plant (VPP) incentive program.
Eligible SolarEdge Home Battery owners in Colorado can now sign up for the Renewable Battery Connect program and earn meaningful financial incentives in return for discharging their stored solar battery energy during times of peak demand, helping to stabilize the grid.
SolarEdge’s DC-Coupled solution can provide up to 7% more solar power with industry-leading system efficiency by eliminating the ‘triple-conversion penalty’, with two fewer power conversions required than AC-coupled alternatives, maximizing benefits for both homeowners and utilities. SolarEdge’s innovative software is designed to automatically manage the battery charge and discharge during scheduled grid control events, simplifying the process for both the utility and program participants.
Peter Mathews, North America General Manager of SolarEdge, added: “We worked closely with Xcel Energy to design a program that meets Colorado’s specific energy requirements, while also providing an easier and more profitable way for homeowners to become part of the solution. The combination of our highly efficient DC-coupled technology and innovative software lays the groundwork for future VPP growth, as we continue to move towards a net-zero economy.”
The Renewable Battery Connect incentive program will be added to SolarEdge’s growing Grid Services portfolio, which saw a 70% growth in sites enrolled globally in the second quarter 2023. In the U.S. 16% of the Company’s battery installations are now enrolled in grid services programs. Homeowners interested in learning more about the program can visit here
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Homeowners joining the program can receive approximately $2500 (5.0kW x $500) upfront, followed by an additional $500 in total over five years ($100 per year) for participating in most control events on each battery that they enroll. Income-qualified homeowners and homeowners that are located within a “disproportionally impacted community”, per the state of Colorado can earn an even greater incentive of up to $4,000 (5.0kW x $800), in addition to the annual participation incentive.
SolarEdge is a global leader in smart energy technology. By leveraging world-class engineering capabilities and with a relentless focus on innovation, SolarEdge creates smart energy solutions that power our lives and drive future progress. SolarEdge developed an intelligent inverter solution that changed the way power is harvested and managed in photovoltaic (PV) systems. The SolarEdge DC optimized inverter seeks to maximize power generation while lowering the cost of energy produced by the PV system. Continuing to advance smart energy, SolarEdge addresses a broad range of energy market segments through its PV, storage, EV charging, batteries, electric vehicle powertrains, and grid services solutions. SolarEdge is online at www.solaredge.com